On Thanksgiving Day, I ran my first 10K with the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in Downtown San Jose! I am thankful that my friend Anita and my brother and sister-in-law ran the race with me. It was my first race since high school cross country 10 years ago. (See my last post: High School Cross Country to 10K Turkey Trot.) I was excited and anxious that I couldn’t sleep well the night before. I woke up around 3 AM thinking about the race and don’t know if I actually fell back asleep.
Thankfully my brother and sister-in-law advised me to dress warmer for the morning run. I was planning to wear shorts with a t-shirt because I never run with long sleeves, but I am so glad that I doubled up the long-sleeve Turkey Trot shirt over a running tank. It was so cold the whole morning – before, during, and after the race. I caught a cold for 2 days, but it was still worth it.
Running through Downtown San Jose was fun because I grew up in the South Bay and worked there for 4 years. We ran by Ike’s where I have eaten with coworkers, Horace Mann Elementary which is another school in my district, and Japantown. I had the energy to give Anita a tour of the places we ran past for the first 2 miles until I was no longer distracted and needed to plug in my music to keep me going. I wanted to stop between mile 3 and 4 because my right ankle was really hurting, but I powered through with prayer and Anita next to me. The ankle pain went away by mile 5, but then my stomach cramped up in the last stretch. I wasn’t able to sprint to the finish line like usual, but I finished 6.2 miles in 55:09 at a 8:53 pace and beat my goal under 1 hour!
After the race, we picked up our medals, stretched, took photos, grabbed water, Noosa yogurt, and granola bars, found other friends who ran or volunteered at the Turkey Trot, and watched part of the Kids Fun Run. The 10K Turkey Trot was a great way to start Thanksgiving Day!
With my first 10K done, I FINALLY signed up for the SF Half Marathon on July 23, 2017! It has taken me at least 3 years to get to this point of signing up for my first half marathon! Time to start training with building strength, adding mileage, shaving off time, and practicing on hills. I had planned to take on another 60-day challenge with Insanity like I had done 4 years ago (See post: My 60 Days of Insanity), but I did the Fit Test yesterday and my body feels dead already haha.